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If there’s one thing Georgia has a ton of — actually a billion tons — it’s trees. The state leads the country in acres of private timberland and volume of timber harvested. Some in the timber industry think we should turn more of that wood into electricity. 


Jeremy Jacobs, Curator Emeritus National Museum of Natural History

In 2008, G. Wayne Clough became the 12th secretary of the Smithsonian. The Douglas native and Georgia Tech president emeritus was the first Southerner to hold the position.

When Clough retired from his post, he decided to write about his birthplace of South Georgia. At the same time, he dove into the Smithsonian's vast collections, searching for artifacts from the region. He shares what he found in his memoir Things New and Strange: A Southerner's Journey through the Smithsonian Collections.


May is Mental Health Awareness Month. College students today increasingly report being affected by depression and anxiety. Barry Schreier, director of the University Counseling Service at the University of Iowa and communications committee chair for the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors, joined On Second Thought to explain the national scope of this problem and told us why exactly students are more stressed, depressed and anxious now than ever before.


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Georgia Power customers and taxpayers have been helping foot the bill for the expansion project at Plant Vogtle, which is billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule.


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The personal data of 1.3 million current and former faculty, students, and others has been exposed in a security breach at Georgia Tech. 

Tech officials said the university discovered the breach in late March and took action to address it. 

Officials say the breach could include addresses, birth dates and social security numbers, but the full extent of the exposed information is still unknown. 

Federal Aviation Administration

Georgia Tech students will be on Georgia’s coast this weekend to test launch a rocket at the proposed spaceport site.

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Rabid fox attacks at Georgia Tech in Atlanta have parts of the university’s campus taped-off like a crime scene and students taking different routes walking to class.

The college tweeted Tuesday that people should be aware of potentially dangerous feral foxes.

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Amid the stress of college finals last semester, two Georgia Tech students died by suicide. National data indicate the problem is not unique to one school. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among college student, and about 1 in 12 students has a suicide plan, according to the National College Health Assessment.

Georgia Tech has been working to address mental health concerns on campus, allocating millions of dollars to expand resources.

Today's show explored social justice through the lens of dance and mental health initiatives across college campuses.

Atlanta choreographer and dancer Raianna Brown joined "On Second Thought" to discuss activism and dance. In 2016, she gained attention online for kneeling during a college football game. Now, Brown is continuing her advocacy with movement. She discussed her new dance production, “Skid," a look at homelessness and gentrification in the metro Atlanta area.

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Sit-ins, marches and rallies often come to mind when people think of activism. Atlanta choreographer and dancer Raianna Brown has another spin on it. In 2016, she gained attention online for kneeling during a college football game. Back then, she was a 22-year old member of the Goldrush dance team at Georgia Institute of Technology.

 

Now, Brown is continuing her advocacy with movement. She visited “On Second Thought” to talk about her new dance production, “Skid.” It’s a celebration of the vulnerability and strength of humanity. Komansé Dance Theater takes a look at homelessness and gentrification in the metro Atlanta area and beyond. 

 


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The number of new international students attending United States colleges has declined in the last two years, but not in Georgia. 

 


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Georgia Tech has hired a new head football coach.

The school's athletic department announced Friday that Geoff Collins will be the new man in charge.  

Collins spent the past two years coaching at Temple University where he led the team to two bowl appearances.

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A Nobel Prize-winning energy expert says Georgia is a leader in clean energy production.

 

 

Singer-songwriter John Legend poses for a group photo with students at a Stacey Abrams campaign event.
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The Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia is hoping that a little star power will provide the boost she needs to win in November. Stacey Abrams' campaign enlisted the help of singer-songwriter John Legend to speak to students in Atlanta on Tuesday.

The award-winning artist was invited by student-led college groups to encourage young adults to register to vote and to support the Democratic candidates on the ticket.

Legend spoke to enthusiastic crowds at college campuses throughout the day ahead of a sold-out private fundraising event Tuesday evening.

Lisa Yaszek, professor of science fiction studies, in front of a bookshelf seated at a table.
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Women have historically been erased from science fiction storytelling, but Lisa Yaszek is working to change that. Her new anthology “The Future Is Female! 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women, from Pulp Pioneers to Ursula K. Le Guin” showcases female pioneers in the genre since the 1920s.

We spoke with Yaszek, who is a professor of science fiction studies at Georgia Tech, about how women have shaped our understanding of technology and identity.

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Sci-fi films typically dominate the box office for premiere weeks. Earlier this year "Black Panther" made more than $1 billion, and last month "Avengers: Infinity War" made $1.5 billion. The upcoming "Solo: A Star Wars Story" is also projected to have huge success.

 

So, why are people fascinated with fantasy and science fiction?

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Apr 27, 2018

It’s been seven months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. Blackouts continue. Utility crews on the island are still in emergency restoration mode. As recovery continues on the island, Georgia Tech’s Economic Development Lab (EDL) has opened free office space in Atlanta’s Tech Square to entrepreneurs and researchers from Puerto Rico. It's an expansion of a program Georgia Tech has had in place since 2012.

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It’s been seven months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. Blackouts continue. Utility crews on the island are still in emergency restoration mode.

 

As recovery continues on the island, Georgia Tech’s Economic Development Lab (EDL) has opened free office space in Atlanta’s Tech Square to entrepreneurs and researchers from Puerto Rico. It's an expansion of a program Georgia Tech has had in place since 2012.

Jamily Ali Pons, a biomedical student from Puerto Rico's Inter-American University, is one researcher continuing her work in the EDL.

The ongoing Atlanta bribery scandal brought a sentencing last week. Adam Smith, former chief procurement officer for Atlanta, got more than two years in jail. Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Scott Trubey has been following the bribery scandal, and he joins us in the studio.

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Curbing Reddit Hate Speech

Dec 13, 2017
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If you’ve ever visited any Reddit message board or YouTube comment section, you know internet trolls and hate speech go hand in hand. A new study from Georgia Tech suggests the most effective way of combating internet hate speech is to eliminate the spaces where it occurs, not the trolls individually. We talk with Georgia Tech Assistant Professor Jacob Eisenstein.

50 Years Of Georgia Tech Radio With WREK

Dec 8, 2017
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WREK Atlanta is Georgia Tech’s student-staffed radio station. Soon, they’ll celebrate 50 years on the air. GPB intern Zoe Wangstrom visited the station to discuss the culture and history of college radio with the people who work there.

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Many sports are all about teamwork. But underwater hockey takes this to new heights. Or depths, rather, since all the action in underwater hockey is at the bottom of a pool. And because players can’t hold their breath forever, hogging the puck isn’t an option. GPB’s Emily Cureton took a dip with Atlanta’s underwater hockey club, the Swordfish. She brought back an audio postcard from a recent practice.

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Studies suggest U.S.-born and foreign-born black donors give about $12 billion to U.S. charities and $11 billion overseas.

 

Altogether, the U.S. black giving economy is about $23 billion each year.

 

Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy is a traveling exhibit that has just opened in Atlanta at The Auburn Avenue Research Library.

 

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Georgia Tech is not just looking at interstellar space, it’s also traveling through it. Georgia Tech student Michael Staab is a spacecraft flight controller for NASA. He piloted the Cassini spacecraft, which traveled around Saturn and nearby moons collecting data.

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In August, scientists at Georgia Tech discovered yet another gravitational wave. This one was 130 million years old, and for the first time, it came with a flash of light as well as a chirping sound. The wave is thought to be a result of a collision between two neutron stars, which blasted tons of gold into space.

Emails: Protests Spur College Officials To Talk With Players

Oct 20, 2017
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As protests over racial injustice grab national attention in pro sports, some college and university officials are having pre-emptive talks with student-athletes and consulting each other amid concerns that such actions will spread to college sports, according to emails released Thursday.

After five black cheerleaders at Kennesaw State University knelt during the national anthem at a September football game, athletic officials there sought advice from their counterparts at schools including the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Duke University and Purdue University.

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This year's Nobel Prize winners were announced the first week of October. In September, slightly less prestigious awards honored the funny side of scientific discovery. The Ig Nobel Prizes have been awarded annually since 1991 to honor achievements that “first make people laugh, and then make them think.”

Advocates Want More Police Training For Mental-Health Issues

Sep 26, 2017
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Supervisors for the Georgia Tech police officer who fatally shot a student thought the officer showed promise, but there is no evidence that he had received the kind of training that advocates say is crucial to effectively interact with people who have mental-health issues.

Officer Tyler Beck fatally shot Scout Schultz on Sept. 16, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has said. Beck and other officers responded after Schultz called 911 to report an armed suspicious person, investigators said. Police have said Schultz had a knife and refused to drop it after repeated commands.

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